*Update: Going forward, I’m moderating all comments because we’re not debating the issue of gay marriage here. We’re discussing the issue of people from BOTH SIDES being respectful and not super self-righteous about everyone having to share their specific viewpoint.
So the world almost exploded the other day when Chick-fil-A commented on their stance in the whole same sex marriage thing.
Now, people are threatening to boycott and paragons of integrity like Rahm Emanuel are trying to keep Chick-fil-A from expanding their business in Chicago. Good stuff, there. That Rahm Emanuel is playing the white knight in CHICAGO, maybe the most corrupt place in the history of the space/time continuum, is SO VERY VERY RICH. To spread the love to both sides of the aisle, that’s like Mark Sanford being upset that Don Draper cheated on Betty Draper in the pilot episode of Mad Men. OMG POLITICIANS ARE JUST THE BEST.
First, let me say this: I’m SO sick and tired of this being such a touchy issue. Both sides are too mouthy and sensitive and everyone needs to focus on more important things like, um I don’t know, orphans and human beings on one side of the planet starving while I stare at a pantry full of food and whine that “there’s nothing to eat.”
Moreover, was what Dan Cathy said hateful? Did he slur anything? I’m asking. I’m seriously asking. What I read was him reiterating the stance of his family and his company, which last time I checked, was something he was allowed to do and something that wasn’t entirely unreasonable. If I missed an important part of the story, please tell me.
If not, then it’s like someone talking about how awesome The Voice is. You may not agree with them, you may think that Christina Aguilera’s cleavage is SUPER off-putting and that she’s turning more and more into Ursula from the Little Mermaid, but that person can totally still like The Voice. They have that right. If they call you a slur for not loving The Voice, then that’s not cool and it’s turned into a different kind of thing, but if they simply differ with your opinion THAT’S STILL OK.
Double moreover, are we seriously judging companies based on their cultural views? How far does this go now? If, as a Red Sox fan, I found out that PF Changs is run by a Yankee fan, do I need to boycott that restaurant BECAUSE SPOILER ALERT I WILL NOT.
HEY YOU GUYS I HAVE AN IDEA. What if we just judge a company by our interactions with them, the service they provide, and their quality? How about that? Granted, if they are drowning baby seals or something unsavory, then all bets are off BUT IF THEY JUST RESPOND TO A QUESTION ABOUT WHAT THEY BELIEVE, CAN WE PLEASE NOT FREAK OUT ABOUT IT?
Back in the 90s, when the Southern Baptists called for a boycott of Disney because they had a Gay Pride day, you know what that was? IT WAS DUMB.
Do you know what that entailed? Not going to Disney World, sure. But also, not watching ESPN or any classic Disney movies that untold amounts of parents probably relied on to play for their kids so they could have 3 minutes of sane silence. What did ESPN have to do with any of that? NOTHING. It was just an ignorant overreaction to an ideology that rivaled the Southern Baptists.
(Sidenote: in reality, do you think any of those Southern Baptists would let that boycott get in the way of them watching their (and my) beloved ESS E CEE football? That’s a big negatory. A) because college football is awesome. B) Because what would not watching ESPN accomplish in the long run? Absolutely nothing.)
Disney was just exercising a right to support something they believe. Did I agree with the issue they were supporting? No. But I don’t agree with a lot of things that are done in the world.
I don’t agree with politicians working more to get themselves re-elected than actually serving the world, I don’t agree that movie popcorn doesn’t have an equal amount of butter throughout and I don’t agree that we still have to pay for 400 cable channels when I really only need like 30 of them. But I don’t boycott the nation, I don’t boycott movie popcorn and I don’t boycott TV because these are just differences in opinion. LAST TIME I CHECKED WE ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE DIFFERENCES OF OPINION.
I mean we’re talking about a place that just wants to serve delicious waffle fries and delicious chicken sandwiches. Does it really need to be more than that?